Two teams had walk off wins today that were thrilling and made me really hope they face off, for many different reasons.
The Giants won this afternoon thanks to a pair of home runs by Pat Burrell, a shot by Sandoval and a walk off by Torres.
I guess all of my begging and pleading for the Giants to sign Johnny Damon wasn’t necessary. Torres has done the job just fine.
And Pat Burrell has turned into the best mid season pick up for the Giants that I can remember since Rick Reuschel in 1987.
Meanwhile, across the country, the Giants arch rival Dodgers had their season basically end in a disastrous 9th inning that was partially caused by the spell and hexes cast onto the the L.A. Bullpen from this young Phillies fan.
As gruesome as the 9th inning was for Los Angeles and it seemingly will put a nail in the coffin of the Joe Torre era in Chavez Ravine, it also shows that the Phillies are peaking at a very advantageous time.
Any time you are down 9-2 in the 8th inning and can pull off the win, against a team with a winning record no less, it is time to pay attention.
I think the Phillies and Giants are on a collision course that will meet in October.
Now there is one problem with that prediction… as of this writing, both teams are in second place. The Giants and Phillies are tied in the loss column for the Wild Card.
Maybe that is where the collision will be.
Imagine a Wild Card play in game with Tim Lincecum versus Roy Halladay or Roy Oswalt.
But truth be told, I think both teams are making the post season. It will be only a matter of time before the Phillies leap frog the Braves.
And we’ll see what happens with the Giants after this weekend’s series with San Diego.
But Holy Cats, I want to see the Giants and the Phillies square off for meaningful games in October.
Not only will there be the intrigue of two teams with multiple aces…
Not only will there be the return of Pat Burrell to Philadelphia…
Not only will there be two passionate fan bases playing in new beautiful ballparks…
But my dad is a huge Giants fan.
And his brother, my uncle Don is a huge Phillies fan.
The potential fireworks between the brothers with meaningful games in October is too wonderful to avoid.
Now a potential Giants/Phillies showdown was thwarted before… in 1993 when the Giants won 103 games and missed the postseason because they were inexplicably in the same geographical division as the Braves.
So once again the Braves could stand in the way of a Giants-Phillies showdown.
Let’s go Giants and let’s go Phillies… if the Red Sox can’t make it in October, I had better experience some other family fireworks!!!